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FreedomWorks Ranks DC Lawmakers




Given the incessant, seemingly irreversible barrage of pro-establishment propaganda emanating from America’s special interest-driven “think tanks” and mainstream media outlets, it is nice to know there are still a few entities out there willing to hold their government accountable.

You know … as opposed to asking “how high?” when instructed to “jump.”

Take advocacy groups like Americans for Limited Government, research foundations like The Cato Institute or websites like Zero Hedge.  These entities are exceptions to the rule in our country … organizations which genuinely put the interests of American taxpayers and citizens first.

Another such group is Freedomworks, which recently launched its scorecards for members of the U.S. Congress.

Pacing the U.S. House?  U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan – whom this website has effusively praised in the past.  Amash was the only House member to earn a perfect 100 percent score on Freedomworks’ scorecards.

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford received the highest score of South Carolina’s delegation – registering a 93 percent rating.  He was followed by Mick Mulvaney and Jeff Duncan (81 percent each), Trey Gowdy (76 percent) and Joe Wilson and Tom Rice (67 percent apiece).

Rice and Wilson both received deductions for supporting a compromise budget bill that eliminated the modest spending cuts agreed to by lawmakers in 2011.  Both also lost points for supporting an open-ended debt ceiling increase and the extension of demonstrably failed federal farm subsidies.

Hmmmm … so much for S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s promise that Rice (whom she helped propel to victory in the seventh district race last year) would “fight for us” and “do the right thing” in Washington, D.C.

Fortunately Haley’s appointment to the U.S. Senate did much better, though.  U.S. Sen. Tim Scott scored a 91 percent on Freedomworks’ scorecard – compared to U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s abysmal 52 percent score.

U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) paced the Senate with perfect 100 percent scores, followed by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) at 98 percent.

To view the Freedomworks’ scorecards (including a description of each vote), click on the link below …